A PIL filed by Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan alleged that there was a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Law Commission to look into the issue of hate speeches being made by leaders of political, social and religious outfits and consider framing guidelines to regulate such provocative statements.
While refusing to frame guidelines itself, a bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan, asked the commission to look into it and give its recommendation to the union government.
The court passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) by Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan alleging that there was a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution.
The PIL had named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as respondents as the two states witnessed incidents of alleged hate speeches.
It had referred to the alleged hate speeches made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and claimed that no FIR was registered against them in the state.
The PIL had said that in Andhra Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi had allegedly made hate speeches and was arrested for them. But after being released on bail, he had again made similar speeches in Nanded, Maharashtra, it alleged.
The initial phase of the T20 tournament would be played out at three venues in the UAE from 16th to 30th April
The first half of the 7th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament would be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Bangladesh as standby venue for some matches. According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the IPL matches would be played from 16th April to 1st June 2014.
The tournament, which had to be partly shifted out of India owing to the general elections, will return to India for the final phase from 13th May though the BCCI has sought the government's permission to stage matches in the country from 1st May itself.
The early return to India would be possible only if the government agrees to provide security to the tournament in states where polling would have concluded at that stage.
"The BCCI is pleased to announce that the 2014 Pepsi IPL season will start on Wednesday 16th April 2014, and conclude on Sunday, 1st June 2014," Board Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
The initial phase of the tournament would be played out at three venues in the UAE -- Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from 16th to 30th April.
The second half has been tentatively kept in Bangladesh but could be held in India if the BCCI manages to get the government's clearance.
"For the period from 1st May to 12th May, BCCI has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, seeking permission to play IPL matches in India in cities where the polling has concluded in the respective state.
"BCCI is extremely conscious of the various complexities involved, but hopes for a favourable consideration. BCCI will abide by the decision of the authorities in this regard. If it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh and BCCI is thankful to the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the government of Bangladesh for their support," the Board said.
AAP, which talks about 'clean' politics, has given Lok Sabha ticket from Hisar in Haryana to a retired IAS officer, who revoked orders passed by Dr Khemka for stopping land consolidation in two villages
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) often talks about 'clean' politics and policies. However, when it comes to giving tickets for the Lok Sabha elections, AAP is not different from other political outfits. The new party has given ticket to former bureaucrat Yudhbir Singh Khyalia from Hisar in Haryana. This is the same officer who allowed land consolidation in two Haryana villages that were stopped by Dr Ashok Khemka.
According to a report from Times of India, Khyalia is an ex-bureaucrat who had taken over the Haryana government's land consolidation department a few months after Dr Khemka was transferred out for cancelling the mutation of Robert Vadra's deal with DLF. Vadra is son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
"During his tenure in the land consolidation department, Khemka had withdrawn the consolidation process in two villages, Kot (Faridabad) and Rozka Gujar (Gurgaon). His 23 August 2012 order had said that in Kot, 2,565 acres out of 3,184 acres were uncultivable hilly areas. In Rozka-Gujar, Khemka had stopped the consolidation process of 5,744 acres stating that not a square inch had been cultivated for a long time as it was fallow. He had added that no one lived in the village any more. However Khyalia revoked both orders in 2013," the report says.
Earlier in October 2012, Dr Khemka cancelled a sweetheart land deal between DLF, the real estate giant and Skylight Hospitality owned by Vadra. Dr Khemka had been in this job for less than three months. Vadra had got this land transferred to him in February 2008 for Rs7.5 crore and within a few months flipped it to DLF for Rs58 crore, for a 700% windfall gain in a few months.
Vadra was acting as a middlemen in the true sense – he had not even paid for the land. He had only produced a cheque, an overdraft, and the land was transferred to his company. The seller of the land had not even encashed the cheque. It was a sham transaction. Vadra then sold this land, which he did not own, to DLF. In effect, Vadra paid for his purchase after he sold this land, which he did not own. The land belonged to those who were close to the Congress and the state chief minister. Dr Khemka cancelled this sham deal.
The Congress government of Bhupinder Hooda reacted in the two ways they always react. One, by shunting Dr Kehmka out. And two, by serving him a charge sheet for having caused damage to the reputation of Robert Vadra and that of real estate giant DLF, and for "illegally" cancelling the land deal.
Last month, in response to Haryana government’s move to charge him with various irregularities in connection with his path breaking decision to introduce better quality roofing for warehouses, Dr Khemka sent a strongly worded point-by-point rebuttal to Principal Accountant General (Audit) of Haryana, while alleging bias on the part of two tainted state government functionaries for cancelling a dubious land deal of Vadra.
Dr Khemka alleges that “Mr SS Dhillon and Mr Roshan Lal are acting in a criminal and vindictive manner in collusion with the ruling political executive to frame me.”
SS Dhillon is Principal Secretary to Chief Minister while Roshan Lal is the Principal Secretary Agriculture. Both of them have a checkered record, compared to Dr Khemka’s unblemished record to exemplary public service.
Coming back to Khaylia, several disgruntled AAP workers have protested against the party’s decision of fielding the retired IAS officer from Hisar. According to a report from NitiCentral.com, party workers from AAP burnt posters of leaders like Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav and Kejriwal in Hisar on Thursday evening. They accused the party high command of ignoring old party leaders and workers and also lodged complaints against the allotment of party ticket to Khayalia, demanding cancellation of the ticket, the report says.